International & Heritage Languages Association

​​​​​​IHLA 2016-2017!


​January 16, 2017- Funding
Presenter: Heidi Veluw
Location: Edmonton Viets’ Association (10534-109 Street- Paid parking in front, sidestreet parking free)
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Learn the Language of Grant Writing for Heritage Language Schools

This grant proposal workshop is geared for:
1.beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing, writing and winning proposals from various funding agencies and
2. those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills

The center of attention will be on how to effectively tell the story that leads to funding

Participants Will Learn How To:
     • Comprehend the diversity of the grant funding community

     • Research and identify potential funding sources

     • Create the right fit with the funding agency

     • Address the guidelines of proposals

     • Identify and effectively write the key elements of a proposal

     • Integrate each component of the grant into the final product

     • Develop focused and realistic budgets

     • Package professional grants submissions

It will be an interactive session and include a Q&A – bring your biggest funding question for discussion, and your own experiences to share with the group. You will walk away with a list of grants that you could apply to and the knowledge to start your grant!

January 22, 2017 Principal's Meeting

at 10534- 109 Street from 6:00-9:00 (paid parking in front and free street parking on the sides of the building)


February 9, 2017- Leadership
Presenters: Nicole Falcone-Dempsey & Leanna Perri
Location: St. Phillip Elementary School (8720-144 Avenue)
Time: 6:00-9:00

Leadership in second language programs/schools. Finding your "why".

As leaders we face many challenges in schools. When we add a second language to the mix it becomes even harder. This session will help leaders discover and understand their "why". Why do we do what we do as second language leaders? How can we help our teachers figure out their "why"? How do we promote the second language when we are working in a dual track school?

Q and A portion will be included as part of this session.

February 24, 2017 is IHLA's 40th Anniversary Celebration!


February 25, 2017 is our annual Mother Language Day! Come and celebrate with us at the Italian Cultural Centre!


March 25, 2017- Intercultural Creativity in the IHLA Classroom through Poetry and Music
Presenter: Maria Oss-Cech Chiacchia
Location: Edmonton Intercultural Centre, 9538-107th Avenue (Parking accessible via the lane off 107th & in front of school on 106th Avenue)


























April 11, 2017- Fostering engagement through digital tools in heritage language community schools
Presenter: Martin Guardado
Location: 2-939 Enterprise Square (10230 Jasper Avenue)
Time: 6:30- 8:30

This session focuses on innovative ways to enhance students’ engagement and learning through the use of emerging technologies. The session addresses the need to select and use digital tools that are compatible with the curricular content and which can help meet specific learning outcomes. As well, the session discusses the need to consider key principles of heritage language learning when using these tools. The session then introduces and demonstrates a selection of emerging technologies that can help create a learning environment that is more student-centred and interactive, thus deepening young heritage language learners’ understanding, engagement and learning.

Important!!! Dr. Guardado has requested that attendees to his workshop complete the small survey. 

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Their responses will be anonymous and no identifying information will be collected. Here's the link: https://goo.gl/forms/zLwHzbWfF3KwHWLK2

Martin Guardado is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and the Academic Director of the English Language School at the University of Alberta. He obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia specializing in language education and heritage languages. He has taught English and other education subjects in all academic and age levels: elementary, junior high, high school, undergraduate, and graduate in Canada, the United States and El Salvador. He has also conducted professional development workshops and public lectures in many countries, including Japan, China, Canada, and El Salvador. His research has focused on a variety of relevant areas. He started researching the use of online technologies for the teaching and learning of languages in 1997 and has conducted several studies in this area. He has also investigated heritage languages since 2001 in home, school and community settings. His most recent study (in collaboration with Rika Tsushima) was conducted with the Japanese speaking community in Montreal. He has published extensively in both of these main research areas. His new book, Discourse, Ideology and Heritage Language Socialization: Micro and Macro Perspectives will be published in early 2018 by De Gruyter Mouton, a leading international publisher in linguistics and the sociology of language.

April 19, 2017- Principals' Meeting

Location: 10534 - 109 Street The Edmonton Vietnamese Association (there is free parking after 6pm on the street)

Time: 6-9 PM


For this meeting, please indicate your school's top 3 NEEDS (in order of importance).  Please include a short statement of rationale for each need and a dollar amount. These are important for the final report for Alberta Education to know how the funds are used. Please be aware that you may not get funding for your top need, rather you may get funding for your second or third most important need. REMEMBER IHLA has received limited funds so please be aware that depending on the amount you indicate, IHLA will do its best to provide the complete amount or close to it. This because we want to make sure ALL IHLA Schools in good standing for 2016/2017 are provided support.  PLEASE send in this information as quickly as you can for timely consideration and distribution of funding.

Having had a number of conversations with AE, they have requested (which will make our funding proposals stronger) that we provide information about our schools.  Please bring in a document about your school with the following information:
1. Name of School and when it was established
2. Number of Students (K-3/4-7/9-12) for each grade group
4. Language(s) taught
5. # of AB Certified Teachers/# of non AB Certified Teachers
6. Other services you provide your community through your school (ex: English lessons, assistance with job applications, daycare, translation assistance, job training [hiring a new community member to help out at your school], ect.).  This information is important! As we learned during the PD on writing grants, our schools/we do more than teach our students our heritage languages. 

April 27, 2017- Becoming a Certified Teacher in Alberta


Presenter: Dr. Olenka Bilash
Location: 218 Education South, University of Alberta

It can be challenging to navigate a system with acronyms like TQS, B ED AD, B ED, and sometimes also costly and disheartening. Learn more about the process and how to prepare for it in this session about Alberta teacher certification.
Location: Rm 218 Education South University of Alberta
May 27, 2017- Project-based Curriculum Development

Location: Edmonton Intercultural Centre 9538 - 107th Avenue, 2nd Floor at Changing Together (Parking on street in front of Centre on 106th Avenue and in back accessible via 107th Avenue lane that leads in lot)
Time: 2:00-5:00

Do you have students with differing proficiency levels? Project-based learning is a modern approach to language learning that involves having students choose a choose of personal interest, create questions to which they want to know the answers, research the answer, and create a final project. Every step of the learning process is designed to keep students feeling engaged, motivated and successful. Come learn how to use this teaching technique in your classroom! Projects from preschool learners to high school students will be created. Each participant will walk away with ideas for creating their own projects in their own classes. 

June 19, 2017- IHLA Annual General Meeting 

​Location: Edmonton Intercultural Centre 9538-107th Avenue 

Time 6:30-9:30



June 19, 2017- IHLA Annual General Meeting 


Location: Edmonton Intercultural Centre 9538-107th Avenue 

Time 6:30-9:30

June 19, 2017- IHLA Annual General Meeting 


Location: Edmonton Intercultural Centre 9538-107th Avenue 

Time 6:30-9:30